It was a cold night, Saturday, December 4th, when Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio kicked off its holiday season with the first of three candle-lighting ceremonies in the center of the old canal town.
I was privileged to be asked to be this year’s honorary candle-lighter.
It was a beautiful ceremony that can’t help but put you in the holiday mood.
It started with a book signing at the Welcome Center at Roscoe Village. I got to meet several of the people who run this village filled with some living Ohio History. It was also a chance to greet folks from all over Ohio as well as Pennsylvania and Indiana.
At 6PM we moved to a stage set up on the main street near a hillside where a huge Christmas Tree had been erected. Following some Christmas Carols sung by a small choir I was introduced and lit the first candle. I then turned and lighted the candles held by the choir members and then all of us moved to the edge of the stage and started lighting candles of people surrounding the stage. the pinpoints of light started to spread down the street while the choir softly sang “Silent Night”. In moments there were hundreds of candles glowing in the darkened street. As I said it was a memorable vision on a cold December night.
Following the ceremony there were candle-lit tours of the village and venders had hot cider and other holiday goodies available to the crowd. It was a great way to start the season.
For more information about candle lighting ceremonies at Roscoe Village check out their website at: http://www.roscoevillage.com